‘Tails and Tales’ adoption program connecting Lake pet lovers with book lovers

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LEESBURG — The Lake County Animal Shelter is bringing all the cuteness to your library this summer. A program called “Tails and Tales,” the shelter’s mobile adoption truck is stopping at each of Lake County’s 16 public libraries. A partnership between the shelter and the Lake County Library System, its goal is […]

LEESBURG — The Lake County Animal Shelter is bringing all the cuteness to your library this summer.

A program called “Tails and Tales,” the shelter’s mobile adoption truck is stopping at each of Lake County’s 16 public libraries. A partnership between the shelter and the Lake County Library System, its goal is to bring pet lovers together with book lovers.

And at the end of the day, the shelter hopes book worms can adopt a pet, and “gain a FURever reading buddy.”

“We are partnering with the Lake County Library System to show off some of our adoptable pets,” Chloe Goodson, of the Lake County Animal Shelter, said. “We have our most adoptable critters out here and if people don’t see anyone they like here, they can grab a coupon for a free adoption and go to our shelter to see if they connect with anyone there.” 

The Lake County Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption turck visits the Lady Lake Public Library as part of their summer tour. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

Did we mention it’s free? Adoption fees have all been waived and all pets have all had been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be given a personalized ID tag at no additional cost. 

“We’re hoping to reach out to a whole new group of people that would be interested in adopting who maybe can’t get out to the shelter,” Goodson said. “There are some who live really far away from the shelter so it’s nice to be able to bring the shelter to them.”

A girl meets one of the adoptable dogs at the Lake County Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption truck at the Lady Lake Library on Wednesday. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

“Today we had a special story time for kids about pet adoptions and the kids were able to come out to the truck and meet the adoptable pets,” Nicole Lefrancois, youth program coordinator at the Lady Lake Public Library, said. “Personally, I’m a person who has always adopted so it was really special to introduce the kids to why it’s important to adopt an animal instead of buying one, because there’s so many that need good homes.”

A dog is brought out to meet potential adopters at the Lake County Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption truck at the Lady Lake Library on Wednesday. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

The Leesburg Public Library is eagerly awaiting their turn which will happen on Saturday, June 19. They have a full line up of events centered around the Tails and Tales theme for kids of all ages. 

“It’s important to the library because we are partnering with the county to help get those animals adopted and it gets the kids out and to the library to read,” Library assistant Sarah Clements said. 

A woman pets one of the adoptable cats at the Lake County Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption truck at the Lady Lake Library on Wednesday. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

Her husband, Zack Clements, agreed saying: “It’s a great program to start bringing people back to the library as we get back into our in-person events. It really shows how important our library is to this community.”

Tails and Tales

The shelter’s mobile adoption truck is stopping at each of Lake County’s 16 public libraries through a program called “Tails and Tales.” A partnership between the shelter and the Lake County Library System, its goal is to bring pet lovers together with book lovers.

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